Samdang Tea TGFOP
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
The Samdang Assam Tea estate is situated in the Tinsukia district of Assam. Consisting of approximately 913 hectares of tea-growing gardens, and found near the southern bank of the Brahmaputra river.
This estate produces some of the most classically ‘Assamese’ flavours of the entire region. Its annual crop is estimated at around 1,600 tonnes, with our Assam Samdang Tea since becoming a choice brew among many of our lovely customers!
A delightful combination of smooth malty flavours with earthy, slightly bitter undertones, this delectable beverage brings the spirit of Assam to your morning cup!
The story of Indian tea, as a whole, begins in the district of Assam, almost 200 years ago! In fact, in 1823, it was in the hills near Rangpur (present-day Sivasagar) that Scottish adventurer and merchant, Robert Bruce, first discovered the Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica plant growing in abundance. A cousin of the Camellia Sinensis var Sinensis plant from China, Robert would go on to clarify his findings with the Singpho tribes of the region. They would, in turn, gift him with leaves from these tea plants as a gesture of goodwill.
Now with specimens in his possession, Robert sent the leaves to his brother, C.A. Bruce, in Calcutta, for further examination. The studies that followed were able to scientifically confirm Robert Bruce’s discovery, and so Indian Tea was officially born! Some years after, the district of Assam would be home to the very first Tea company catered to Indian tea.
Established as ‘The Assam Tea Company’, its headquarters were located in the town of Nazira - where it is still functioning today! Sadly, however, Robert Bruce would never fully see the fruits of his labour. His death would follow the year after his discovery, but his legacy would bring about a new age within the tea industry.
By 1862, the entire Assam Tea industry consisted of 160 gardens, owned by five public companies, and 57 private companies. Less than 100 years later, however, a massive change within the industry was brought about by the Indian Independence movement.
By 1947, many of these companies would change from British hands to Indian hands. This was not without its difficulties, as soon after the transition period, unprecedented political upheaval decimated the Assamese economy. For the next 70 years, the district of Assam was subjected to lengthy periods of instability, with many tea gardens abandoned due to uncertain conditions. Despite this, Assam Tea has developed from its humble beginnings to become a giant within the global market. It has maintained its good name and continues to produce some of the most popular black teas of the entire world.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Orthodox Tea. Grade: TGFOP - Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Origin: The Samdang Tea Estate, Assam.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey or lemon - the choice is yours with this luxurious brew! If you prefer to keep things simple, however, this black tea is equally delicious served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Assam Samdang Tea consists of smooth, sweet flavours combined with the classic maltiness expected of most Assam brews. When consumed without any additions, you may find a slightly bitter aftertaste massaging your palate.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: All types of Assam tea are known to provide countless health benefits when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. These include improved mental alertness, improved oral and cardiovascular health, improved weight management and even improved immune system health!
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Immune System
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime